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ERIC Number: EJ874647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1931-5864
Coping Strategies of Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability for Stressful Social Interactions
Hartley, Sigan L.; MacLean, William E., Jr.
Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v1 n2 p109-127 2008
Adults with mild intellectual disability (ID) experience stressful social interactions and often utilize maladaptive coping strategies to manage these interactions. We investigated the specific types of "Active and Avoidant" coping strategies reported by 114 adults with mild ID to deal with stressful social interactions. Open-ended responses to a sentence stem task were coded into 5 dimensions of Active and Avoidant coping. Adults with mild ID used Problem-Focused coping most frequently, and this strategy was negatively correlated with psychological distress. "Emotion-Focused" coping was used infrequently but was also negatively related to psychological distress. Coping accounted for a significant portion of variance in psychological distress after controlling for perceptions of stressful social interactions. Findings have important implications for informing the development of interventions to enhance the ability of adults with mild ID to cope with stressful social interactions. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory